Login Shopping Cart My Account TrackOrder
 
  Main Books Music DVDs Spotlight Help
  Top 10s Our Picks New Arrivals Great Deals Short Quantities Notable Books
Home > Books > Literature > literature
Search   
Advanced Search
My Emma
and save 10% on your next order.
Visit us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter See our Pictures on PInterest
ShoppingCart
 Shopping Cart
0 item(s) in your cart
 
Subtotal : $0.00
HACKER SAFE certified sites prevent over 99.9% of hacker crime.
Icon Description
Our Picks
New Arrivals
Great Deals
Short Quantities
Notable Books
Clearance Sale
Reading Group
More Books
To find more items like this one, go to:
poetry

The Odyssey

 
 
Author
Homer. Stephen Mitchell, trans.
Publisher Atria  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781451674170
Pages/Publication Date 375/2013
Daedalus Item Code 73393
List Price: $35.00
Sale Price: $6.98
You Save: $28.02
Qty
      
Our Picks Great Deals
Description
In words of great poetic power, Stephen Mitchell's translation brings Odysseus and his adventures vividly to life in a fast stream of action and imagery. Homer's tales of one-eyed man-eating giants; irresistibly seductive sirens; shipwrecks and narrow escapes; princesses and monsters; ghosts sipping blood at the Underworld's portal, desperate for a chance to speak to the living; and the final destruction of all Odysseus's enemies in the banquet hall are spellbinding in Mitchell's rendering, as are the intimate moments of storytelling by the fire, of homecoming and reunion, fidelity and love—all of greater value to Odysseus than the promise of immortality.

"This ... incarnation of The Odyssey leaves no doubt that Stephen Mitchell has made a deep connection to the tale's spiritual power, which he has managed to express with propulsive cadence and in exquisite detail. The bard sings again, this time at the banquet of Mitchell's ardent labor."—Billy Collins

"Employing the five-beat, minimally iambic line he used for his translation of The Iliad, Mitchell retells the first, still greatest adventure story in Western literature with the same clarity, sweep, and force. Those similarities in his translations contradict the two poems' differences. The Iliad portrays a civilization engaged in its most significant activities; The Odyssey depicts the archetype of the Western civilized individual. Mitchell doesn't draw that particular distinction but, first thing in the introduction, points out that most Homeric scholars believe one Homer wrote The Iliad, and another Homer, The Odyssey. The second quotes the first often but varies so in 'vocabulary, grammar, geographical perspective, theology, and moral values' that it's unlikely he's the same poet. Many ordinary readers have found The Odyssey 'more modern,' by which they mean more like a contemporary novel—more psychological, more 'personal' because of the strong point-of-view characters, Odysseus and his son, Telemachus. The Odyssey is also scarier, a very au courant quality. There are many more violent deaths in The Iliad—there's a war going on, after all—but nothing as ghoulishly terrifying (and starkly related by Mitchell) as what Polyphemus, the Laestrygonians, and Scylla do to Odysseus' crew. Stephen King, eat your heart out."—Booklist (starred review)

 
You might also like:
The Triumph of the Sea Gods: The War Against the Goddess Hidden in Homer's Tales
Steven Sora.
Publisher: Destiny Books.   Format: paperback. ISBN: 9781594771439.  Daedalus Item Code: 64268
List Price: $18.95 Sale Price: $4.98 You Save: $13.97
The Classics Magpie: From Chariot-Racing Hooligans to Debauched Dinner Parties—A Miscellany that Shakes the Dust Off the Ancient World
Jane Hood.
Publisher: Icon.   Format: no jacket. ISBN: 9781848317307.  Daedalus Item Code: 71450
List Price: $22.95 Sale Price: $4.98 You Save: $17.97
The Iliad: A New Translation
Homer. Caroline Alexander, trans.
Publisher: Ecco.   Format: hardcover. ISBN: 9780062046277.  Daedalus Item Code: 71575
List Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $7.98 You Save: $32.01
The Wooden Horse: The Liberation of the Western Mind, from Odysseus to Socrates
Keld Zeruneith. Russell Dees, trans. W. Glyn Jones, ed.
Publisher: Overlook.   Format: paperback. ISBN: 9781590200414.  Daedalus Item Code: 72836
List Price: $23.95 Sale Price: $6.98 You Save: $16.97
Eureka!: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Ancient Greeks But Were Afraid to Ask
Peter Jones.
Publisher: Atlantic Books.   Format: hardcover. ISBN: 9781782395140.  Daedalus Item Code: 72898
List Price: Import Sale Price: $6.98
Tales of Troy and Greece
Andrew Lang.
Publisher: Faber & Faber.   Format: paperback. ISBN: 9780571333509.  Daedalus Item Code: 73374
List Price: Import Sale Price: $5.98
Others who bought this item also bought
The Iliad: A New Translation
Homer. Caroline Alexander, trans.
Publisher: Ecco.   Format: hardcover. ISBN: 9780062046277.  Daedalus Item Code: 71575
List Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $7.98 You Save: $32.01
Life and Death in Picasso: Still Life/Figure c. 1907–1933
Christopher Green.
Publisher: Thames & Hudson.   Format: hardcover. ISBN: 9780500093481.  Daedalus Item Code: 73377
List Price: $50.00 Sale Price: $19.98 You Save: $30.02
Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel
John Rogerson.
Publisher: Thames & Hudson.   Format: hardcover. ISBN: 9780500050958.  Daedalus Item Code: 73381
List Price: $34.95 Sale Price: $9.98 You Save: $24.97
The Seventy Great Inventions of the Ancient World
Brian M. Fagan, ed.
Publisher: Thames & Hudson.   Format: hardcover. ISBN: 9780500051306.  Daedalus Item Code: 73382
List Price: $40.00 Sale Price: $12.98 You Save: $27.02
The Seventy Great Battles in History
Jeremy Black, ed.
Publisher: Thames & Hudson.   Format: hardcover. ISBN: 9780500251256.  Daedalus Item Code: 73383
List Price: $40.00 Sale Price: $12.98 You Save: $27.02
 
Security Seals
Books
Top 10s
Our Picks
New Arrivals
Great Deals
Short Quantities
Notable Books
Clearance
Reading Group Picks
Music
Top 10s
Our Picks
New Arrivals
Great Deals
Short Quantities
Notable Music
Clearance
DVDs
Top 10s
Our Picks
New Arrivals
Great Deals
Short Quantities
Notable DVDs
Clearance
Customer Service
How to Order
FAQ
Contact Us
Feedback
About Us
Privacy Policy
My Account
Register
Forgot Password?
Change Your Info
Order History
Web Site Preference
Easy Order Form
Catalogs
Gift Cards
Track Order
 
Employment
Order online or call 1-800-395-2665 (U.S.) or 1-410-309-2705 (Outside U.S. & Canada)
This site features merchandise from our catalogs and store, in addition to items available only online. Availability may vary.
©2017 Daedalus Books, Inc. | Contact customer service at custserv@daedalusbooks.com